Skip to comments.Crisis will help us regain power - Russia's Communists
Posted on 11/30/2008 1:13:02 PM PST by DaveTesla
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Communists expect the global financial crisis will cause social unrest and help them challenge for power, the party's leader said on Saturday.
Gennady Zyuganov told the party's annual congress the Communists should make maximum use of the growing public discontent caused by the economic downturn to try to restore their political strength.
"The wind of history is blowing in our sails again ... At this time of crisis the world of imperialism is starting to die. We are standing on the threshold of political and social shifts," Zyuganov said in a 2-hour speech opening the congress.
Russia's Communists ruled the Soviet Union for eight decades and remained a major opposition force for several years after the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.
But the party has since lost much of its authority and many analysts say it is too weak to seriously challenge for power.
The Russian authorities are trying to minimise the impact of the financial crisis by promising billions of dollars of state aid. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has pledged higher social payments to the needy and lower taxes for business.
"The authorities are clearly not coping with managing the country ... A mass social protest is brewing and it is hard to predict now when and in what shape it will explode," Zyuganov said.
The Kremlin has acknowledged the crisis will lead to a rise in popular discontent, challenging the massive popularity that Putin secured in eight years as president and handed on to his successor, Dmitry Medvedev.
Medvedev has ordered police to stamp out any social unrest arising from the crisis and Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has said higher unemployment could lead to a rise in crime. Continued...
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commies vs Putin. whose regime will reign supreme?
Thought you might find interesting.
Of course, no mention of the 25-30 million people the communist had to kill to maintain their reign.
Sounds like Rahm Emanuel talking about the US.
Just like Rahm Immanuel said, "A crisis is an opportunity to achieve what we want to achieve but couldn't get done otherwise.(Paraphrase)." No coincidence the Obamoid socialists' allies in Russia see it exactly the same way.
Communists are overjoyed to find themselves back exactly where they were 100 years ago; this time they’ll know better than to screw it up the way they did last time.
YEah, right. Communism’s a proven failure that’s killed hundreds of millions of people and kept many hundreds of millions poor wretches dependent on the almighty state.
Oh yeah, people will just be RUSHING back to an idea that’s already dead.
Putin will be the Stalin.
Forget about Russia for now. We need to worry about American Commies taking over here.
> commies vs Putin. whose regime will reign supreme? <
Easy. Putin and his ex-KGB buddies are now full-fleged plutocrats. There’s no way they’ll let the commies regain control. But they probably WILL resort to more and more anti-American rhetoric and other xenophobia, in order to keep the Russian proletariat and peasantry under firm control.
It's gonna happen!! The Russian stock market has fallen by 72% this year.
What??? I thought that Vladimir Putin was a Communist. He spoke to them about how the US started the economic collapse. BTW, Putin never revoked his status within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Finally, somebody we can look forward to Putin squishing like insects.
Wonder how long their cash reserves will hold them?